Magna Carta: The Foundation of Freedom 1215–2015

Bulletin no. 1
4 October 2013

Welcome to the first e-bulletin devoted to Third Millennium’s Magna Carta project. As momentum builds in the run-up to the commemorative year 2015, our book Magna Carta: The Foundation of Freedom 1215–2015 has begun to attract considerable attention from the different institutions – cathedrals, libraries, professional bodies and local associations – involved in the Magna Carta story, past and present. This bulletin, which will be issued regularly between now and the launch of the book in August 2014, will be breaking news on the project to our partners and collaborators, and to all those who have expressed an interest in the development of the book.

Subscriber editions in demand

We are delighted to report that we are now beginning to receive advance orders for the book, notably from members of the American Bar Association (ABA) and International Bar Association (IBA), for whom we are publishing special subscriber editions next year. Further subscriber editions are planned with the Bar Council and Law Society in the UK, and with the National Society Magna Charta Dames and Barons in the US. Each of these special editions will include a specially commissioned foreword and a list of subscriber names in the back – an opportunity for readers to become part of the book. These editions are also available in a sumptuous leather-bound format.

Spreading the word

Enthusiasm from several quarters within the UK, especially in the wake of the Magna Carta Stakeholder Event organised by the Magna Carta 800th Committee (visit at St Albans Town Hall last August, has created some exciting new opportunities for the book. Third Millennium is currently exploring the possibility of a customised edition of the book for St Albans, and is in conversation with the cathedrals of Durham, Lincoln and Salisbury with a view to working together. With interest also expressed by the British Council, the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and the British Library – whose showpiece exhibition on Magna Carta in 2015 will be curated by our book’s principal author, Professor Nicholas Vincent of the University of East Anglia – news of the project is spreading fast.

Magna Carta at the IBA and ABA

This month sees two major events in which Magna Carta will take centre stage. From 6 to 11 October the IBA will be holding its annual conference in Boston (, where an exciting programme of lectures and discussion panels will culminate in a symposium on the Rule of Law. For the second of the symposium’s two sessions Justice Stephen Breyer of the US Supreme Court will discuss the enduring significance of Magna Carta. The symposium is to be co-chaired by Justice Richard Goldstone, author of the final chapter (on Magna Carta in this and the previous century) of our book. Third Millennium’s Publishing Director Neil Titman and Marketing Manager Sarah Yeatman will be in attendance.

The following week, from 15 to 19 October London’s Hilton Park Lane will host the ABA’s Section of International Law 2013 Fall Meeting (visit On the opening day Daniel Magraw, President of the Center for International Environmental Law, will preside over a discussion of the role of Magna Carta in establishing freedom and democracy. The following day will include guided tours of the Temple Church led by the Master of the Temple, Robin Griffith-Jones. The Temple Church played a crucial shaping role in the Magna Carta story, and we have been heartened by the support offered by the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple to our book. Third Millennium’s Chairman Julian Platt and Managing Director Joel Burden will be attending the ABA event.

Further information

The next Magna Carta bulletin will be issued in November. In the meantime, for further information visit or contact Patrick Taylor, Publishing Assistant, at Third Millennium Information Ltd, tel. +44 (0)20 7336 0144, email

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About Roger Nield MBE

Safety Director for the SMPL Organisation and supporting our Vulnerable Veterans Programme.
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